wysiwyg and Realism – Check THIS Out!


A press release was just sent out about a recent project that used wysiwyg R25 – the lighting design on Holland America’s ship, Ms Nieuw Amsterdam.  From the press release:

The creative team for all five shows (which will run for approximately five years) includes Show Director John Charron at the helm and Lighting Designer Brian Monahan of BPM Designs (www.bpmdesigns.net). Lighting and Media Programmer was David Horner, with all shows designed and pre-programmed in wysiwyg Perform. The wysiwyg drawing, wysiwyg equipment and part of the media content were carried out by Visual Connection Ltd of the UK, under the direction of Horner.

Although initial meetings with Holland America began in Spring 2009, Horner and his team actually started designing and executing in May 2010, while the equipment installation was beginning on board. The drawing and wysiwyg setup took around two weeks, and the pre-programming happened for 10 days at the end of May; onsite work started on 1 June. The first public shows launched on 2 July for the shipyard workers and their families. The maiden voyage started on 4 July. Let’s review that timing; start in May, installation, precue, etc. completed by the end of June – only 2 months!

Horner says, “I do not think we would have been able to complete this project on time without the aid of wysiwyg! If all the shows were played one after another, it would last over five hours, so clearly a lot of lighting cues had to get programmed.”

Total lighting equipment included 43 VL2500 Spots, 38 VL2500 Wash, 2 DL3’s, 1 Axon Servers, a 32’ x 12.5’ Barco LED Mi-trix wall, approximately 50 ETC S4’s (spots and pars) with Wybron Coloram scrollers, 6 Martin Atomic Strobes, 2 Look hazers, 6 UV units with DMX dowsers, Low fog system, 3 fibre optic curtains and 2 sets of fibre optic legs. Control came from a Full size GrandMA console (+replay for backup), a Pathport system with approximately 50 nodes, three 48-way sensor racks, and wysiwyg Perform.

Horner ran wysiwyg Perform 5000 on a custom-build PC with the new i7 Intel chip. “It worked so great,” he said, “I was able to connect the GrandMA desk into the software and even with over 80 moving lights, all the conventionals and three separate live video feeds inputting into wysiwyg, the software still performed great, even when using complex scenarios such as all the lights doing movement whilst having a detailed gobo and rotating prism in them.”

Of R25, Horner commented, “It was great to be able to look at the stage and scenery in such a detailed virtual world that with the ability to create motion Axis allowed us move around scenery in the same way it was going to be done in the real shows. The live view looks in these latest versions of software are so good and incredibly realistic. I especially like the new feature of being able to put live video on an LED wall.”

We love seeing shots next to the work!  Check these great wysiwyg/reality shots: